It was a lovely crisp morning, and I took a walk with my camera before I went to pick up Linda and get down to the business of cleaning the house.
My neighbor Shirley had a nice autimny arragnement of chrysanthemums.
As I reached the bridge, I spotted a Great Blue Heron. I got a quick shot...
and then he flew away.
Then there was this Red-Bellied Woodpecker who decided to perch on a branch like a regular bird. In the actual photo, the bird is badly underexposed because he's against bright sky, but thanks to the miracle of photoshop, he's recognizable in the fixed-up image.
And finally this little thrush that I can't identify. Or maybe it's an ovenbird. I need a birdbook. This image is cropped so heavily that it's the only one of today's pictures that I didn't have to resize down to a sane size to post on the web after I'd done my other image processing -- this is the actual pixel size of the relevant part of the image. My 300mm zoom lens is really good for tigers, but it's just barely long enough to be useful in photographing songbirds. Unfortunately, I haven't discovered a longer lens that doesn't either cost as much as a used car or weigh as much. I mean, why can't I have a 250-1000mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens that weighs 2lb and costs less than $500? Is that really so much to ask?